Forgery Attorney in St Petersburg & Forgery Lawyer in Tampa Florida
Under Florida Statutes 831.01 and 831.07, any person who falsely makes, alters, forges or counterfeits certain documents, including checks, invoices, deeds, wills, and credit card receipts, with intent to injure or defraud any person, can be charged with forgery. Although similar, it is a separate and distinct offense to then utter the forged instrument or document to another under Florida Statute 831.02 and 831.09. Typically, forgery cases involve signing another person's name to a check or credit card receipt.
Forgery and Uttering a Forged Instrument are charged as third-degree felonies, punishable by up to five years in state prison, five years of probation, fines and court costs, and restitution to the victim. In addition to these penalties, insurance fraud could result in the victim may pursuing damages in civil court, and could lead to difficulties in obtaining future employment and insurance of all types.
Forgery cases can be defended in many ways depending on the particular circumstances of your case. In some cases, the prosecutor may not be able to prove that you signed the document, handwriting experts are often inconclusive in their examinations. In other cases, you may have had permission to sign the document. A Tampa Bay forgery defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.
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